NOFX @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, NYC – 10.15.08
October 17, 2008 | Concert Photography
I’ll admit it, I wasn’t a NOFX fan for a long time. For some reason I just didn’t like them but now I like their music a lot and wanted to see them live. I’ve seen them play on the Warped Tour and knew they had a fun show and that was the case this time around as well.
I think one of the reasons why I like NOFX even more now, was seeing the band on the FUSE show NOFX: Backstage Passport. Besides seeing them do drugs and getting completely shitfaced, they are also parents and show that they care a lot about their fans and aren’t in it for the money. Half the shows they played overseas, they got dicked out of money. But if the show was awesome they didn’t mind losing out on the money. At least that’s what it looked like to me.
Both NYC shows were sold out, and the one I attended was the first night in NYC. There was 4 bands total, and I thought it was 1 or 2 too many. Since it was on a work night, I couldn’t stay til the whole show, but I saw most of NOFX’s set. I left around 11:30 so they might have went on for another half hour; who knows. They played a lot of old and new songs like “Franco Unamerican,” “Linoleum,” “Bob,” “Murder The Government,” “Leave It Alone,” and “Seeing Double at the Triple Rock.” I’m sure they played a few other classics but I missed out because I’m an old fart and had to work the next morning. The band delivered on the funny banter between songs. Fans delivered on being obnoxious by throwing water bottles at the band and annoying the shit out of Fat Mike. On a side note, I never saw a sad display of moshing and dancing at this show. Especially when the put was wide open, kids were almost doing a ballet/hardcore dancing and I couldn’t help but laugh at them. I guess that happens when half the crowd is a bunch of “white hats.”
As far as the photography end of things go, the lighting was dark most of the night. The opening bands at Irving Plaza always get the dark tones for some reason, and those settings really push my camera. I was shooting ISO 3200 most of the night and try to never shoot that. By the time NOFX came around, there lighting was actually nice. The band had bright, white lights in front and colorful back lighting (as you can see in the photos). I missed out on the various jumpshots Eric Melvin was doing but I got some great shots of Fat Mike and El Hefe. Overall, I would have liked to have seen more of NOFX’s set at the end and encore. Maybe they shouldn’t have had one of those other bands playing? The show ended too damn late. But NOFX was great though.
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